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Surveillance Camera Registration Program
Submit a Voluntary Surveillance Camera Registration Form.
The Cotati Police Department would like to expand its partnership with the community. If you have a residential, commercial or industrial security camera, the Cotati Police Department would like to partner with you!
Security camera systems can be a powerful tool in helping deter crime as well as identify offenders and free innocent persons from suspicion when incidents are captured on video. Participation in this program will help strengthen your police department's investigative ability and give it an easier way to communicate more effectively with potential witnesses, further enhancing the safety of our community. You may have video of a crime that occurred in your neighborhood and not even know it…
Registering a camera system with your police department does not give the ability to freely access your cameras, claim ownership of or dictate your camera system's function. Also there is no cost to you! This is simply a contact database that will provide possible camera system footage related to crime in your area. Referring to this database when investigating a crime will aid in identifying camera systems that may have captured additional leads or evidence video footage. The police will then contact the camera's owner in an attempt to preserve, view and potential secure footage segments valuable to the investigation. This partnership can greatly expedite and enhance investigations with the potential of quickly apprehending suspects, securing valuable evidence for prosecution, and clearing uninvolved subjects.
Participation in this partnership does not alter your rights to privacy in any way, is completely voluntary and may be withdrawn at any time. We will treat your information as confidential and take a legal means to protect it. When purchasing a new surveillance system, please keep the following in mind: The higher the resolution of the camera, the more helpful the footage will be; A minimum of 20-day information storage is recommended; Cameras should face the entrance and exit points; and, Cameras should be placed on private property only.